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Christmas Lights and the Rest of Your Life

by Joanna Pierce on December 14, 2016

As a child, during the Christmas season my family would get bundled up, pile in the car, and drive around to gaze at Christmas lights. This is one of my fondest memories of the season—brilliant light landscapes reflecting ever so softly on the white snow.

There are Christmas light scenes from my childhood I can see quite vividly today—beautiful parks, homes, and buildings all lit up in a colorful array to celebrate Christmas. I don’t want to ever forget these memories or my family’s tradition. This is why each year I try to drag my husband out for a yearly light tour. I want to keep these memories alive, create new ones, and continue the activities my parents (and possibly my grandparents) started years ago.

It’s funny how something as insignificant as Christmas light viewing can have a lasting impact on someone. Or, better yet, influence someone to continue the activity long into the future.

I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes… (Psalms 101:3, KJV).

Influence. What we see and do constantly will have a lasting impact on our lives. Just as I was brought up to drive around looking at Christmas lights has now encouraged me continue the activity as an adult.

Christmas-light touring is a bright and cheery activity that promotes family bonding. But, not everything we see—and view on a continual basis—is going to promote something pleasant in our life.

The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! (Matthew 6:22–23, KJV).

I’m not a crazy person who likes to seek out twinkling lights each year. It’s not wrong to desire pleasant, happy, and good things in our lives. When we put good things before our eyes, our whole life will be the same. But, if we put evil things before our eyes, the latter can be expected.

The Word of God encourages us to keep and guard our hearts (Proverbs 4:23, KJV). We’ve got to ensure what we see is pure, holy, and righteous. There’s a saying that the eyes are the window to the soul. What we see infiltrates our mind and affects our heart. When we don’t protect what we’re seeing, not only can it hurt us, but it can influence us to make poor choices in our lives. Those choices don’t just impact us but the lives of future generations.

Let’s get a light and put it before our eyes today and every day. It’s not going to be Christmas lights, an eco-friendly bulb, or even the sun. We need to look toward the greatest light in all the earth—Jesus Christ (John 8:12).

When we get Jesus before our eyes, He will illuminate our heart. He’ll transform us to be a light not just for ourselves, but a light for others (Matthew 5:14–16)—provoking others to good works (Hebrews 10:24). He’s a light we won’t want to watch just this Christmas season, but one we can seek after every day for the rest of our lives.